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Immigration Act 2014

Schedule 1: Enforcement Powers

49.Paragraph 1 inserts into paragraph 18(3) of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act a power for an immigration officer to escort a person detained under paragraph 16. Paragraph 18(3) already allows any person acting under the authority of an immigration officer to escort a person so detained.

50.Paragraph 2(1) inserts a new paragraph 18A into Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act, giving immigration officers a power to search a person detained under paragraph 16 for anything which the person might use to cause physical injury to themselves or others or which they might use to escape from legal custody. It sets out the grounds which must exist before the power can be exercised, the extent of the search and sets out what may be seized and retained as a result of the search and for how long such items may be retained.

51.Paragraphs 2(2) to 2(5) make amendments corresponding to those in sub-paragraph (1) to other enactments which reference the powers that are available to immigration officers in respect of persons detained under paragraph 16 of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act to ensure that the new paragraph 18A applies.

52.Paragraph 3 amends paragraph 25A of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act by making the power to enter and search premises for relevant documents available in respect of persons who are arrested other than under that Schedule and detained under paragraph 16 of Schedule 2, whether or not the arrest was carried out by a constable. It further inserts new sub-paragraphs (6A) and (6B) into paragraph 25A so that a warrant may be obtained to enter and search premises belonging to a third party (other than the arrested person) where there are reasonable grounds to believe that relevant documents may be found there. Paragraph 3(4) removes the power to retain relevant documents for so long as necessary in connection with the purpose for which the person was arrested and paragraph 3(5) inserts a new sub-paragraph (8A) so that the power to retain relevant documents is aligned with the retention powers in section 17 of the 2004 Act and section 46(3) of the 2007 Act.

53.Paragraph 4 amends sections 28J(11) and 28K(14) of the 1971 Act so that those provisions, which are concerned with the execution and safeguards in respect of warrants, also apply to the new power to obtain a warrant under paragraph 25A(6A) of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act.

54.Paragraph 5 amends section 146 of the 1999 Act to provide for immigration officers to use reasonable force when it is necessary in the exercise of a power conferred on them by the Immigration Acts. This clarifies that the power is not limited to the exercise of powers under the 1971 Act and the 1999 Act.

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